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Physiology and Pharmacology Alcohol Training Grant


Our Alcohol Training Program is a NIAAA-sponsored institutional training grant that has been funded since 1994.  A select list of our training grant alumni can be found here. The program consists of rigorous didactic work and intensive laboratory-based research experiences.  It is augmented by robust curriculum opportunities that include career development courses, including teaching and writing, and ethics.  There are also multiple opportunities for trainees to hone their presentation skills.  Our trainees apply for individual NRSA support from NIH to help hone grant-writing skills – we have a remarkable track-record of obtaining independent funding for trainees.  The training program also benefits from unique institutional resources that include courses in translational research, a rodent-alcohol behavioral core, a non-human primate center, and state of the art imaging facilities.

The Training Faculty is a group of well-funded investigators in basic, clinical, human-populations research that have a long track-record of successfully training young scientists to become independent investigators.  Our research is carried out in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary manner so that trainees not only receive the training necessary to become independent investigators, but also as members of interdisciplinary teams of the kind that will increasingly characterize their future research careers.  The research of our training faculty is also highly translational.  Many of our studies examine analogous end points and employ the parallel behavioral models across multiple species – from mice and rats, through monkeys and individual humans, to human populations. 

Please click on the links below to visit the Web pages of our outstanding training faculty.

Paul Czoty, PhD  – genetic, environmental, and neurobiological factors that influence sensitivity to abused drugs

James B. Daunais, PhD  – imaging and the neurobiological consequences of exposure to abused substances, including alcohol and stimulants

David P. Friedman, PhD  – alcohol self-administration and the effects of alcohol on brain neurotransmitter systems

Dwayne Godwin, PhD  – alcohol regulation of neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission, T-type calcium channels, alcohol withdrawal-associated seizure activity 

Allyn Howlett, PhD  – neuropharmacology, signal transduction, cell biology, cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids

Sara R. Jones, PhD  – measuring monoamine (dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine) neurotransmitters in several different animal models of drug and alcohol abuse

Paul Laurienti, MD, PhD  – functional imaging brain networks and network modulation by drugs  

Brian A. McCool, PhD  – cellular and molecular mechanisms governing withdrawal-associated anxiety following chronic drug and alcohol exposure

Michael A. Nader, PhD – behavioral pharmacology of ethanol and cocaine co-abuse

Linda J. Porrino, PhD  – human, adult, neurosciences/behavior, radiology/imaging, nervous/sensory system/behavior, substance abuse, basic mechanisms

Jeffery L. Weiner, PhD  – synaptic mechanisms responsible for the complex behavioral and cognitive effects of ethanol

Mark Wolfson, PhD  – public policy on alcohol and tobacco use, impact of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug policy and prevention programs

For more information on educational and research opportunities available through the Alcohol Training Program, please contact:

Brian McCool, PhD
Director, Alcohol Training Program

Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Tel: 336.716.8608
Fax: 336.716.8501

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